Ugandan doctors concerned with fistula rates

Doctors in Uganda have said they are concerned about the high incidence of fistula in the country.

Speaking to the nation’s New Vision, Mulago Hospital fistula surgeon Dr Susan Obore explained that most women who suffer with obstetric fistula do not receive treatment.

In fact, she told the source that at least 1,900 women develop the condition each year, but the fistula ward at Mulago only manages to treat somewhere around 300 cases in that time.

“At least every regional referral hospital in the country has a surgeon to treat fistula. But we are not enough,” Dr Obore added.

Earlier this week a development organisation which seeks to help rehabilitate women, TERREWODE, donated equipment such as gloves and catheters to the ward at Mulago.

Two per cent of women aged from 14 to 49 have suffered with fistula in Uganda, according to the national health demographic survey conducted in 2011. Overall, this equates to anywhere from 140,000 to 200,000 women.

But just 21 doctors in Uganda have been trained with the specialist skills to fix the condition.

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